Florida Alumni Insights: Darshan Patel

 darshan patel

Darshan is a huge UF fan. Not only did he attend undergrad at UF but also went back for his dental degree. So he has double the insight!

Graduated: 2015

Major: Biology

What's Next: Currently I am a third-year dental student at the College of Dentistry at the University of Florida.

What are your 3 favorite things to do in Gainesville, FL?


Tailgating on Saturdays in the Swamp has to go down as one of my favorite things to do in Gainesville. Doesn’t matter about your major, organization, or even fraternity/sorority rivalry; on game day we’re all Gators. If you ain't a Gator, you're Gator Bait!
UF Stadium


Going to Payne’s Prairie on the weekend to see some gators, deer, horses, and even bison on the trails is a great pastime (and it's also quite a workout going through those trails). It’s pretty hard to find something you won't enjoy with options like canoeing, kayaking, or even rock climbing at Lake Wauburg on the weekend.


When you think of Gainesville, not only do you think about the Swamp, but you think about Midtown. It could be a Wednesday night at Grogg or a Sunday Funday at Cantina; regardless, you are in for a good time. Remember to always power up with a burger from Relish or pizza by the slice at Italian Gator to give you the fuel you need.
Relish Burger Gainesville FL

What is your most memorable game day memory?

Hmmm, definitely jogging down memory lane right now. However, my favorite game day I had recently was in 2015 when we played University of Tennessee. There were 3 seconds left on the clock and UTK was kicking a 55 field goal to take the lead and the victory. Luckily, the kicker missed to the right and I could feel the stadium rock!  Our seats were on the 10-yard line near the goal post, so we couldn’t see the angle of the ball, so we purely relied on the reaction of the fans behind the goal post.

Thanks Darshan for sharing these great memories with us!

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